Philip Lovel AM to retire as VTA Executive Director

Victorian Transport Association (VTA) Executive Director and former CEO, Philip Lovel AM, has announced he will retire at the end of this week.

Mr Lovel has gained renown as an industry stalwart, commencing as CEO of the Victorian Transport Association almost three decades ago.

He joined the Association in 1986 and only stepped aside in 2012 to allow Neil Chambers, then Deputy CEO, to take up the top job – himself moving into the position of Executive Director.

VTA President, Brendan Hopley, formerly thanked Mr Lovel this week when announcing his retirement.

“I would like to take the opportunity to publicly thank Phil for his 28 years of service to the VTA and the industry in general – it is a remarkable feat,” he said.

“There have been so many campaigns, changes, innovations, issues and upheavals with which we have been faced and for which we have fought through in the past 28 years.

“Phil always ensured that the industry voice has been heard – in all the right places, by all the right people. His passion for the industry has been unwavering.”

In 2007 Mr Lovel was awarded the Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia, in recognition of his work in the transport industry.

He was also honored for “Service to the transport industry through the Victorian Transport Association, particularly road transport and workplace safety, to the implementation of safer and higher productivity vehicles, and to community liaison on behalf of the industry.”

Mr Lovel also served as secretary/treasurer of Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation (ARTIO) and worked on the Victorian Ministerial Freight Advisory Council (MFAC). He was also Co-Chairman of Transport Industry Safety group (TISG) and a member of the Victorian road Freight Advisory Council (VRFAC) as well as the Transport Workers Superannuation Fund (TWUSUPER). He was Chairman at Operation Countdown, Board Member of the Transport Friendly Society (Transport Health) and the NSW Freight Industry Council.

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